Network Working Group J. Postel
Request for Comments: 1818
Category: Best Current Practice cisco Systems
Best Current Practices
Status of this Memo
This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the
Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
improvements. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
This document describes a new series of documents which describe best
current practices for the Internet community. Documents in this
series carry the endorsement of the Internet Engineering Steering
The current IETF process has two types of RFCs: standards track
documents and other RFCs (e.g., informational, experimental, FYIs)
. The intent of the standards track documents is clear, and
culminates in an official Internet Standard [2,3]. Informational
RFCs can be published on a less formal basis, subject to the
reasonable constraints of the RFC editor. Informational RFCs are not
subject to peer review and carry no significance whatsoever within
the IETF process .
The IETF currently has no other mechanism or means of publishing
relevant technical information which it endorses. This document
creates a new subseries of RFCs, entitled Best Current Practices
The BCP process is similar to that for proposed standards. The BCP
is submitted to the IESG for review, and the existing review process
applies, including a "last call" on the IETF announcement mailing
list. However, once the IESG has approved the document, the process
ends and the document is published. The resulting document is viewed
as having the technical approval of the IETF, but it is not, and
cannot become an official Internet Standard.
Possible examples of technical information to which BCPs could be
applied are "OSI NSAP Allocation" , and "OSPF Applicability
 IAB, and IESG, "Internet Standards Process -- Revision 2", RFC 1602
, IAB and IESG, March 1994.
 Postel, J., Editor, "Internet Official Protocol Standards", STD
1, RFC 1800
, IAB, July 1995.
 Hinden, R., "Internet Engineering Task Force Internet Routing
Protocol Standardization Criteria", RFC 1264
, BBN, October 1991.
 Waitzman, D., "Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on
Avian Carriers", RFC 1149
, BBN, April 1990.
 Collela, R., Callon, R., Gardner, E., and Y. Rekhter, "Guidelines
for OSI NSAP Allocation in the Internet", RFC 1629
Wellfleet, Mitre, IBM, May 1994.
 Chapin, L., "Applicability Statement for OSPF", RFC 1370
Security issues are not discussed in this memo.